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Police parade four over Ogun Council boss kidnap


The Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, paraded four suspected kidnappers, who allegedly kidnapped a member of the newly inaugurated Remo North Local Council Caretaker Committee, Hon. Soniyi Taiwo.

Soniyi, the Vice-Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, was reportedly abducted on Friday, January 10, along Fidi-Ipara road in Remo area of the State.

The suspects are Muhammad Abdullah, 25, Ibrahim Diko, 20, Gambo Abduallah 25, and Mohammed Sulaimon, 23.

The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, who paraded the suspects at the Command’s Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, said the suspects were arrested after a technical and forensic investigation, as well as pressure from the police to comb the road.

He added that the police trailed one of the suspects to Idi-Ayunre in Ibadan, Oyo State where he was arrested.

Ebrimson revealed that he directed the Divisional Police Officer of Isara Division to work in conjunction with other tactical teams in the Command, a move that ensured the victim was rescued unhurt, insisting that no ransom was paid to the abductors for the release of Soniyi.

“In compliance with my directive, the team swung into action and embarked on the technical and forensic investigation as a result of which the kidnappers were quickly geo-located. Having realised that the police are closing in on them, the hoodlums released their victim but three members of the gang were subsequently apprehended as a result of intense combing of the bush where they were traced to.”

He added, “Their arrest led to the arrest of the fourth suspect who was tracked to Idi-Ayunre in Ibadan.”

Ebrimson said that the victim had identified the suspects as his abductors, saying that the suspects are undergoing interrogation and their confessional statements will serve as a lead to arrest other fleeing gang members.

He warned criminals to relocate from the State as no hidden place for them in the State.

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